Free SBA small business export seminar in Columbus – Sept. 30

Export-SBA-Event

Received an email on this today and thought this US Small Business Administration (SBA) event was worth posting about for the Springfield OH MSA area.

Expanding Sales Through Export Opportunities

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has placed a high priority on assisting small business exporters. Topics include qualifying the buyer, direct financing and credit enhancement products.    

–           70% of all exporters have fewer than 20 employees

–           U.S. Exports are growing four times faster than the economy as a whole

–           The weaker U.S. dollar creates an increased demand for U.S. products overseas

SBA programs have been enhanced due to the 2009 Stimulus Act. Specialized Speakers Include:

Barry Bint is the Business Development Officer for the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Ex-Im Bank enables small business exporters to increase sales and expand into new markets. Ex-Im Bank is committed to providing export financing to small businesses through its Export Credit Insurance Program, Working Capital Loan Guarantee Program and foreign buyer credit insurance & export receivables financing.

Patrick Hayes is the SBA Regional Export Finance Manager and a 23 year veteran of the SBA who works with small and medium-sized exporters in Ohio. Training will instruct attendees on identifying an export financing opportunity and how SBA’s loan guaranty can be used to increase access to capital.

Roberta Sparklin Ford is the Director of the Columbus office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service. In that capacity, Roberta counsels small and medium-sized central Ohio companies on exporting from A to Z, including but not limited to international market intelligence, export documentation, partner finding services and international trade promotion events. 

Craig Larsen is a Vice President with Huntington National Bank and has over 12 years of Trade Finance experience as a Sr. Commercial Product Specialist. Craig’s expertise lies in Structured Trade Credit and he has an extensive background in working with credit enhancements via the Export-Import Bank of the United States. In the areas of Working Capital Guarantee and Medium Term (foreign) Buyer Finance.

The Columbus SBA District office invites you to attend this free seminar on:

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: TechColumbus, 1275 Kinnear Road, Columbus OH 43212

Directions to TechColumbus are at the bottom of their web page: http://www.techcolumbus.org/

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